pet dog itching itself.

We know that some humans are allergic to cats and dogs. It could be their dander that gets our noses running. But Fido is sneezing and scratching too much. Could he be allergic to his humans?

What Are Allergens, Anyway?

Allergens are the potent players behind allergic reactions.

  • Allergens are a type of antigen, the gatekeepers of our immune system
  • When you get sick, your immune system kicks in to fight infection
  • Allergens stimulate your immune system too, causing allergic reactions

Why Does My Dog Sneeze When I Use Scented Air Fresheners?

Scented products are just one type of allergen that can cause your dog to sneeze and scratch. Other substances that can cause allergic reactions in dogs (and humans) include:

  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Laundry detergents and fabric softeners
  • Foods
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Lawn chemicals
  • Grass and weeds
  • Bites from insects like fleas and mosquitoes

What Symptoms of Allergies Should I Look For?

Typical allergic reactions for Fido include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Rubbing his eyes and face
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Hair loss and vomiting are more serious indications of an allergic reaction

How Can I Know if My Dog is Having an Allergic Reaction?

Because our dogs can’t tell us what’s wrong, observation is critically important.

  • How has your pet’s behavior changed?
  • Does your dog seem to be in serious distress?
  • How long has he been experiencing these symptoms?

These are all great questions that can help you determine if your furry buddy is having a mild reaction to an allergen or something more serious is going on.

What Can I Do To Avoid Allergen Exposure for My Pet?

If your dog is scratching or sneezing more than normal, he could be having an allergic reaction to something in his environment. If he’s biting his skin or excessively licking his fur, something is definitely going on.

Before his behaviors take a turn for the worst, try eliminating some possible sources of an allergic reaction.

  • Stop using scented household products: cleaners and detergents
  • Ask your veterinarian about changing your pet’s food
  • Use hypoallergenic shampoo

As with humans, allergic reactions can turn deadly. Watch your pet for signs of distress and call us at (732) 677-2180 immediately if you feel your dog is having a dangerous allergic reaction. In an emergency, after hours, call (609) 259-8300.

Daily Grooming Helps Prevent Serious Skin Issues

Often our skin reacts as quickly as our eyes and noses to allergens. This can cause excessive scratching, which can lead to open sores on your dog’s skin.

Daily grooming can catch skin problems early before they become serious health issues. What to look for when brushing your dog:

  • Red and swollen bumps
  • Flea dirt
  • Emerging hotspots
  • Insect bites or evidence of parasites

We’re Your Partner in Family Pet Health Care

We want to see you anytime you feel your pet’s health is compromised. Sneezing and excessive scratching may indicate a more serious condition than an allergic reaction. At True Care Veterinary Hospital, we have the diagnostic tools needed to quickly identify whatever is causing your pet’s health troubles.  

If your pet is experiencing allergies, we’ll help you learn how to avoid household allergen exposures and offer treatment options for current conditions. Call us at (732) 677-2180 to schedule a wellness appointment at the first sign of trouble!